Eucharistic Revival is a three-year process initiated by the USCCB to invite the faithful to reflect upon the mystery and meaning of the sacrament of the Eucharist in our lives.
Year one is a year of Diocesan Revival. We plan to begin our efforts from the inside out, first offering formational and devotional opportunities for staff throughout 2023, culminating with a Eucharistic Congress next summer.
Year two is a year of Parish and Deanery Revival, where we hope to foster Eucharistic devotion at the parish level, strengthening our liturgical life through faithful celebration of the Mass, Eucharistic Adoration, missions, resources, preaching and organic movements of the Holy Spirit.
Year three involves a National Eucharistic Congress and around the feast of Pentecost 2025, having enkindled a missionary fire in the hearts of the American faithful, the Holy Spirit will send us out on mission to share the gift of our Eucharistic Lord.
As Catholics, we are both blessed and broken. His Real Presence in the Eucharist can transform our hearts. Jesus left us this gift! In a world that is so hurried, we must all slow down, and do a deep dive to reflect upon it.
First we will be offering formational and devotional opportunities for staff throughout 2023 culminating with a Eucharistic Congress next summer. After that, we hope they are better prepared to help create a more Eucharistic Community, founding new and innovative ministries focused on re-connecting to the disenfranchised and creating experiential evangelization opportunities that interest and engage our young people. One-to-one personal invitations will be an important part of the process.
In October 2022, regional meetings with the Bishop, clergy and staff were held and intended to help explain and emphasize the importance of Eucharistic Revival and invite each of you to walk the path of Jesus throughout 2023.
The Diocese is also working on a plan for four yearly "Know Him" Gatherings. These experiential evangelization events will help us all grow closer to Christ by learning about his life and the lessons it taught the world. We are working to create short but engaging events that include speakers, multimedia content, witness testimony and interactive activities for the "Know Him" series to be held at Christ Our Shepherd Center. The events are specifically designed for Diocesan and parish staff members, but will be open to public registration as well.
The four topics include:
- The Last Supper and the Gift of the Eucharist, Thursday, March 9, 2023 6:00 p.m.
- Jesus' Transfiguration and Our Own Transformation, Thursday, June 1, 2023 6:00 p.m.
- Stunned Disciples: Their Perspective of Jesus' Death and Resurrection, Thursday, September 14, 2023 6:00 p.m.
- What We Know About the Birth of Jesus and the Wonder of the Nativity, TBA December 2023.
- The Diocese is also offering full payment through the Francis Fund for any diocesan or parish employee who wishes to attend the Men's Or Women's Conferences. The Women's Conference is scheduled for Saturday, November 12, 2022. You can visit dioceseogreensburg.org/spirited and fill out the registration and Francis Fund information there. The Men's Conference is scheduled for Saturday, March 25, 2023. Registration information is coming soon.
Beginning in January, we will implement "Faithful Challenges" from Bishop Kulick. It is the expectation of Bishop Kulick that parishes will assist us in communicating these challenges through the use of:
- Bulletin Announcements
- Social Posts
- Accent Articles
- Secular Media Press Releases
- Old databases for mailings/phone ministries/hand-written letter ministries
In preparation for year two, we will continue to explore experiential evangelization opportunities to create a catalog with prices and available dates for parishes. And then May 8-11, 2023, we will hold a Eucharistic Congress for clergy and Diocesan/parish staff at Christ Our Shepherd Center.